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the internal revenue service code that the irs is control over the of law but it has no control over what it enacts but then they said you have to right them to the u.s. treasury that the irs does not get the money. >> ladies and gentlemen, please
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welcome marianne huntsman and
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abby huntsman. [applause] family"] ♪ >> we are family. we are so excited to be here today and to be a part of this launch. we cannot think of to do better people than our father, governor huntsman and senator joe manchin to be a part of this kickoff for no labels. [applause] as our generation looks to the future, this just gives us hope. thank you all for being here. it is great to be here. i will say that democracy was not supposed to be easy. it is through debate and conversations just like one that our dad and senator mansion are wanting to have that really tackle the issues that need to be tackled. we are so excited for our generation about this organization.
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there is no better way to kick it off again by singing an arrangement of "god bless america" that we put together. >> ♪ god bless america land that i love stand beside her and guide her through the night from above ♪ from the mountains ♪ through the prairie ♪
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through the oceans ♪ ♪ god bless america my home sweet home ♪ god bless america land that i love dan beside her and guide her through the night with the light from above ♪ from the mountains through the prairie
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through the oceans god bless america ♪ my home sweet home ♪ ♪ from the mountains through the prairie
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through the ocean white with foam god bless america ♪ my home sweet home ♪ god bless america my home sweet home ♪ [applause]
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>> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the cofounders of no labels, nancy jacobson, mark mckinnon, jonathan miller, john avalon, kiki mclean, bill, ron, david walker and clarin. ♪ for you"]there ♪ [applause] >> thank you everybody. we are so thrilled you are here. without we would all take a moment to share on this idea got started. and where we are going with it. if that started -- it got
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started with a feeling. -- a feeling shared by people on this stage. it spread to many of you in this room. that something was not right in this country. that gridlock and hyper partisanship was getting our country stopped. we decided that we needed to coalesce all of you into a national movement so you had a voice, so washington could hear you. >> two years ago, some of you were here when we launched. today we have arrived. this is really exciting to see everybody here today. we start off by organizing, county by county, state by state, and we start off with hundreds of people. that turned into thousands. now it has turned into hundreds of thousands. washington is starting to get the message. the great thing about the selection is that -- this election, is that people heard your voice.
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problem solving is a message that washington is hearing and responding to this idea of hobbled solvers we are putting together. it is all about an attitude, that is what you bring to the table. we are going to take it out and build on it and make problem solvers work. thank you for being here. [applause] >> no labels welcomes all americans. whether you are on the left or the right or anywhere in between. as long as you are willing to search for common ground. we realized that this is not going to be easy. there are real philosophical differences between republicans and democrats that cannot be papered over with civility. austin didn't broken right now. congress's approval is somewhere below brussels brother lindsay lohan. it is slightly above root canals and duke basketball. [laughter] i am from kentucky, sorry about that. what the liberals is doing is
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coming up with an effective strategy to fix washington. we have taken a look at what the roots of the dysfunction are. we are coming together to come out in two ways that we can make a difference. >> that began with all of you. organizing a citizens movement, grassroots, powered by social media. 1500 of you signed up to join us in new york today, but hundreds of thousands of you across the country. that is a powerful message that washington is starting to get. a second part is to empower the problem solvers in washington to start doing the right thing. start reasoning together. that is happening. there are 1000 different organizations in washington, each devoted to pushing a specific special interest. we have all sorts of interesting differences. we are unique in that we are advocating for the national interest. we are trying to create a broader perspective. all the important issues he faced, immigration reform, and on and on, those ideas are out
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there but they are sitting on shelves at think tanks gathering dust area about what we can do is empower those ideas to meet action. encourage folks in washington to put those ideas in place to defend the common ground that exists on these issues and build on it. [applause] >> all the moms and dads in this audience and anyone who loves a child like i love my wixon and might and he -- woodson and my annie, we have been working to build a problem solvers group in congress, members of every party will come together, meet regularly, build trust and move us forward. where ever you are in the political spectrum, there is a place for your to be heard if you have the attitude to solve problems. no labels, all of you and all of us, we are going to drive this home. [applause] you have heard about step
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one. all of you. you have heard about step two. the problem solvers in the congress of the united states. now it is time to hear about step three. our common sense plan to reform the congress of the united states and make it work again. you have heard about the divisions in the country. that is true. the divisions of the parties, that is true. outdated rules and procedures in the congress of the united states make a bad situation worse and almost impossible to get anything done. to hear about some of these reforms, i turned to make colleagues. >> iq. the first reform that we are talking about is called no budget, no pay. [applause] i am not sure i have to explain it to this group, but for those that are listening from outside, i will take just a second. to simply say, as a businessperson, as a ceo, i would be fired if i did not do
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my job. the reality of no budget, no pay, is that we have not had a budget that has been approved since 1997. if you think about that -- just think about it. any organization, if that were to exist without a budget, that organization would not be able to sustain itself for the long- term. think about it in the context of the $3.7 trillion federal budget. no budget no pay says, do your job, get the budget passed, then you get paid. the good news for those of you applauding, this is moving forward things to the leadership of senator heller, congressman cooper. we have 90 co-pubs there's -- 90 cosponsors in the senate and house. [applause] >> the second reform is an annual fiscal report to congress. the truth is, the financial
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condition of the united states is much worse than advertised. it is not the $16.4 trillion in debt that you will see in the national debt clock. it is 72 point $2 trillion growing $10 million a minute area when you count everything. everybody has their own baseline. everybody has their own assumptions. our approach is, we need an annual presentation to a joint session of congress that would be telecast of the american people on the facts and the truth. about where we are, where we are headed, how you compare to others, so that we can build a platform and accelerate action. if you do not put your finances in order, everyone will suffer over time. [applause] >> the third reform is the five day work week. [applause]
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i think we all understand that. believe it or not, members of congress are often in washington d.c. for a few days a week. many times they come in late one day night and take one coat and then they fly out thursday night. they are in town tuesday, wednesday, thursday for meetings and hearings. that allows precious little time for working across the aisle, developing bipartisan relationships, but for the members and their families. no labels is advocating three full five-day weeks in washington d.c. and one in the home district to do constituent affairs. to do what ever else they need to do to do job. the point is it will allow uninterrupted time in washington d.c. for legislating and problem solving and a week with their constituents or other matters. thank you. [applause]
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>> you have heard about the nationwide grassroots organization. you have heard about the problem solvers. the group in congress. you have heard about specific reforms. now, here is the biggest no labels ask of all. a rebirth of real leadership in our nations capital areas in the executive branch and in the congress. this is so important, we have reduced the real leadership we seek to the five cycles of leadership which are on the back of the badges that you are wearing. let me just review them. they are simple to states and hard to do. number one, tell us the whole truth, not a piece of the truth, not a spin on the truth, but the whole truth. number two, govern for the
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future. not just for the next election. preamble says the blessings of liberty are to be guaranteed not only to ourselves and to our posterity. number three, put the country first. we have interests, we have parties, but above that, the country, we just of the pledge of allegiance, it was to that country. number four, take responsibility. whenever somebody is pointing a finger at somebody else, you know that person is part of the problem, not the solution. take responsibility individually and collectively. finally, work together. we can beat each others brains out, but then we will all be dumber. if we work together, we can get the job done. [applause]
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>> let me give you a quick and doubt about how practically and powerful the no labels movement is and can be. this is about how washington works and how grassroots can work. ron mentioned no budget, no pay, which is a very powerful idea. it has generated a ton of attention. 90 cosponsors in the house and senate. we had a hearing in the senate and the appropriate committee under joe lieberman, we could not get a hearing in the house because the head of the house committee, very powerful longtime incumbent republican member, for a variety of reasons, felt it was not the right policy. and he refused to have a hearing on it. said, we are fine if you oppose it. we would just like a public hearing so you can hear the different views. what we are hearing from our grassroots movement. we think it is very powerful and you should not ignore it. ignore it at your peril. he ignored it.
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he was one of the only incumbents in the last election that lost his election on that issue. he was beaten on that issue thanks to your help and your hard work. that is just an example of how powerful these ideas are and how you can produce results. we created this problem solvers coalition. we are announcing 24 of them today. that is a big number, believe it or not. if you have that kind of number together in congress and think about a 13 party margin in the house right now, 25 votes can swing a big issue one way or the other. we are 25 today. after this week, we will get a lot more members if they see what we are doing. you have a lot of excitement from the press we talk to. i think we will get to 75 by the end of the year. that kind of block, you are a powerful coalition in congress. that is coming you can do. go to your members and say, why are you not a member of a
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problem solvers block? that is a tough question to answer. [applause] >> thanks everybody. there you have it. we look forward to you learning today and hearing from some of these leaders. now we will show you a quick video. ♪ >> right now, the structure is set up to encourage members of congress to play to their bases. >> democrats and republicans in the congress. they're not making relationships. >> it is a lot easier to go on the attack. >> the whole system is fundamentally constructed around division. >> that is how you raise money. >> people get that washington is
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broken and they have to come here and do something about it. >> i became a senator because i wanted to fix things. i take an oath of office for all the people. >> leaders are not expected to hang out with their respective political bases and pander and placate them. that is not what leadership is. >> is up to the united states to challenge our leaders to rise to the occasion. there will follow the numbers if they feel the pressure. >> we have got to rise to the level. >> in this divided government, it is incumbent upon the leaders of the senate to put their labels of side and figure out how to reason in the national interest. >> the majority of americans do not have a voice and they are frustrated and they are looking
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to us. >> it is bringing people from all different cross divisions. >> what i love about no labels is it is getting to the root crop -- the root causes of our trust deficit, our leadership deficit, and putting concepts, practical solutions before the american people. >> no matter what your thoughts maybe, if you really want to fix things, this is the central place to get it done. >> we have problem solvers in congress who want to wear the no labels badge. >> that is the first step to take. >> if we do not come together, we will be the first generation to turn over this country in worse shape than we received it. >> my friends are immigrants. they came to america with the
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fundamental hope of what this government stands for. >> people across the country want america to be the greatest nation on earth. >> the country they came from had a civil war going on. it did not have the opportunities that america provides. >> we want to make sure that we are the hope of the world and this is the place for your dreams to come true. >> it is actually up to all of us to strengthen our civic backbone and demand something different. a vision of how to get it done. no labels can help do that. >> we are changing washington d.c. nobody thought we could do it, but we are the have. -- we already have. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome no labels supporter and new york for andrew tisch -- new
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yorker andrew tisch. ♪ w you're in new york >> good morning, everyone. about a dozen years ago, i began in politics and saw how divisiveness and hyper- partisanship was diminishing the effectiveness and the government -- and the public's faith in our leadership. i began searching for problem solvers, people willing to transcend party divisions and exhibit real political leadership. a friend of mine asked me to meet a young city councilman from newark who had said -- who he said was that kind of leader. that young man is cory booker
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and he has gone on to be one of america's greatest mayors. he is the new kind of politician, the kind that we at no labels are looking to support. if you listen to what lisa borders and bill said and you look at the back of your name tags, you will see the no labels five principles of political leadership. this is what it takes to be a problem solver. cory booker embodies these principles. he is a leader who is willing to tackle the biggest problems, not just take the can down the road. he is a leader who cares about all his constituents, not just the ones who vote for him. he is a leader who is not afraid to reach across the aisles. he is a leader who dares to tell the difficult truth. he is a leader who demands accountability from the people
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in his administration and from himself. he is a leader of great personal courage who is willing to run into a building burning to save a constituent in need. he is a leader to govern for the future. please welcome a dear friend, a problem solver, a national treasure, mayor cory booker. [applause] ♪ >> hello! it is so good to be here. alright. anytime i get introduced to bruce springsteen, i get really pumped up as a jersey boy. i began my sixth year coming down to new jersey and join with others to get things done. i will never forget a train ride i had. by the way, i am the worst
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person on the world to sit next to on a train or plane. i will talk your ear off. i sat down next to a rabbi. when the rabbi talk about what i was doing, i said i was mayor of a city of newark. he said, i want to talk to you about the city of jerusalem. i thought we would talk about current events and foreign policy. he said, i want to talk to about the city of jerusalem in the year 66. he said, the year 66, titus and the romans laid siege to the city of jerusalem. the city of jerusalem would not relent. years and years passed by. finally, up one person told him that if you want to take the city, you need to wait and be patient. inside the city, there is a problem. that problem will grow into a cancer and that cancer will eat away the very core of that community. if you know your history, what
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happened around the year 70 is the divisions within the city of jerusalem amongst the zealots and others became so significant that it weakened the city from inside. the rabbi told me that the city of jerusalem was taken in the year 70 by titus. he looked at me for a long time and i looked at him. he said, what is the moral of the story? i said, make sure there are no zealots in newark. [laughter] he said no. he said, the moral of this story is that if there is no enemy within, the enemy without tim do you know arm. he started growth -- going through all the roman empires. i said, you've got to be closer to the present. he said that the nation was divided, became weak, and was taken over. they kept marching through history until the current day
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and got to me in newark. he said, i do not know what your policy is or your ideas are, but if you can bring your city together all around practical, pragmatic ideas to solve real problems, then you will be successful. the rabbi's vision became so true, in fact, i found out a truism from me. you can bring people together who do not normally come together to do things that others do not normally do. you will get results that people do not normally get. in fact, this is a truth that goes to the bedrock of who we are as a nation. this nation brought people together who did not usually come together. we were not bounded in a common race or religion. we are not a theocracy. we are not a minority. this nation was born with the ideals that a united people, but
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these ideals compel every generation to be more inclusive and welcoming. we realize this country was not a zero some political nation. in fact, the more we open up this country to inclusion, the better we are. women joining the work force has not diminished men. it expands our economy and opportunity for all. the education of poor people in the inner-city does not take away from others, it expands our economy and makes us all do better. this is the ideal of our country. as the rabbi would tell me, the jewish saying, that jews together are strong, but jews with other people are invincible. he african saying that spiderwebs united can tie up a line. the very principle of this country, one of my advisers told
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me one of the fundamental principles of islam. the oneness of the community. we recognize dependency and see strength. that became the problem solving idea that i took on. i began looking at what other cities around america were doing. i came over to mayor bloomberg, who i called the obi-wan kenobi of mayors. all of us young padawans come to see what is going on over here. i could not wait to talk about climate change. the time is now. we just focus on cities where the carbon output is significant. if we do pragmatic things, we are going to make change. he started showing me programs he had that created jobs, including the health of cities
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like mine that has exit -- epidemic asthma rates. i went to seattle and saw a bunch of people coming together around homelessness but with an idea of pragmatism that everyone can benefit. they did eight circle study and look at 23 people and the health care cost to taxpayers. they were on the streets and they found that when they put them into supportive housing, they saved emergency room costs alone, $1 million, saving taxpayer money and empowering people to be contributors. i found this out. i realize i could talk to republicans across the aisle and say the biggest, most wasteful government in america is the criminal justice system. i said, look at our prison populations. is there a way that we can work together? i went over and started talking
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with the manhattan institute. i was criticized for engaging with them. they join with me and said, let's figure out a way to have win-wins across the table. before you know it, the manhattan institute was working with grassroots activists who could not say the word republican without having a physical compulsion -- convulsion. we funded a program called the father heard program. it takes men coming out of prison and at rallies them around a vision greater than any individual. to produce an army of incredible dads. with partner them with mentors, gave them parenting glasses, got them together with the mothers of their children. now we see that 65% recidivism
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rates for people coming from prison, we have lowered that to about 7%. [applause] and this program alone has saved taxpayers in the city of new jersey -- in the state of new jersey millions of dollars. it came from a bipartisan coalition. understanding that is true in america that no side, no person, no religion, no race has a monopoly on the truth. [applause] that we need each other. indeed, we have a declaration of independence in this country. as you look deeper into the spiritual truth of america, every generation has put forth a declaration of interdependence. it is called to realize that the truth of our country, what we did settling this nation, what we have done in combating
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slavery and racism, what we have done to create an open society is echoing the history of our nation. if you want to go fast, and go alone. if you want to go far, go together. [applause] here we are at a perilous point in our nation. we are not the city of jerusalem, but that holy city offers us the construction. we have challenges that threaten the very longevity and endurance of our country. the enemy is at the gates. the challenges of the future could cripple us, undermine us. we could go the way of other great civilizations. but i know that will not happen. i have a deep and abiding faith in america. i know that will not happen because there is a reservoir of
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strength and persistence allen love and determination. i know that will not happen because america is full of people who understand the principles of those who came before us, that echo in their hearts with the words of martin luther king from a prison cell in april of 1963, when he penned those words, "we are all caught in an inescapable network of individually, tied in a common garment of destiny. we will survive and thrive because we know that we can deal with the true enemy in our midst, which will be always our inability to come together as a people." that is the story of our founding which echoes within our documents, that exists in the pledged that children say, that say we are one nation under god, indivisible. the preamble to our constitution
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starts with "we, the people of the united states of america." it is this ideal the cause to this organization now. we all have a choice we make every single day over and over. every american citizen has this choice to make every single moment of their life. it is a simple choice. will i just accept things as they are or will i take responsibility for changing them? no labels calls upon us not to surrender to the pervasive culture about our politics, not to say that it is just the people in washington and there is nothing we can do. that is a cancer. citizens have weakened the moral soul of our country, the death
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and the fiber of our being. we're not people who suffer to cynicism. we did not surrender to slavery, jim crow, sexism. we always said, i will take responsibility. nation after nation, generation after generation took responsibility to change what was wrong with this country. this year and now, as the threats continue, we have to take responsibility to say, we will take back control of our politics, we will move towards pragmatism, we will answer the call of this generation because every generation has a challenge and a call. we must answer it. we may not be called on beaches in normandy. we may not be called on buses through freedom rides through the south. we may not all explore the death
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and reaches of space, -- the depth and reaches of space, but we can make it a more perfect union our way. tonight, i feel this energy and hope. when i began in new york, my metaphor was i was a prisoner of hope. the challenges looked so great. every month, my staff would come in with a new problem that we did not realize was there. i wouldn't look at them and say, i am a prisoner of hope. [laughter] seven years as the mayor of the city of newark, where we have ushered in our biggest development in our economy, for the first time in 60 years, our population has grown and is not declining, i have changed my metaphor. this nation has taught me that i need not be a prisoner of hope.
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the possibilities in this country, the promise of people coming together, has changed my metaphor. my experience in my great city has changed my metaphor. now i am hopeful unhinged. there is nothing we cannot do. [applause] i end with a question that has been asked since the war of 1812, when a man standing off the coast of our country watching bombs bursting in air penned these words that form a question that we must answer in this generation, that we must rise and tell the truth of who we are in response to the call of our nation's national anthem, which is very simple. "oh say, can you see" a country
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that does not descend into discord and disunion but rises with a chorus of conviction, the passion, the pragmatism, the persistence, the problem solving? can you see a nation that honors its past, where people were bled to form this union, to protect this union and preserve this union? we honor the sacrifice. oh say, can you see a nation that does not jump from one crisis to another crisis but lists their vision of the immediate urgency's to the larger calling of our country and our children and grandchildren and expands the vision of what is possible when we unite? oh say, can you see a nation where its leaders in congress are not cowardly and confused
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but our nation's congress who pragmatically rules. a congress that can exhibit the truth of our nation, that we are the home of the brave. this, to me, is our moment. this, to me, is our opportunity. this, to me, is our chance to prove worthy of the blessing of our past. this, to me, is what i know is hope unhinged, the destiny that calls us all. may god bless america. [applause] ♪
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>> ladies and gentlemen, please direct your attention to the screen for a short message from sender dean heller. -- senator dean heller. >> hello, no labels members and welcome to new york. i'm sorry i cannot be with you today. my son-in-law is being sworn in as a state senator in arizona. he is a democrat and i am a republican. our family is in no labels family. you can even say that nevada is a mill labels state. what we are doing together is very serious. america's future is threatened by hyper-partisanship and gridlock has gone out of control. the no labels solution of our party is coming together to solve our nation's problems is
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the only way forward. we have a democrat in the white house. democrats running the senate and republicans running the house. we either solve problems together or not at all. my legislation, called no budget, no pay is a poor example. starting the fiscal year, if congressman cannot pass a budget, they should not get paid. this legislation has bipartisan support. i am a republican and proud of that. the problem in washington is that too many people think being a republican or democrat, conservative or liberal, means never talking to or negotiating with the other side. that simply will not get it done anymore. what is great about no labels is that it welcomes conservatives, liberals, and everyone in between. we do not have to abandon our principles, we just have to abandon the labels and commit to finding common ground where we can. and respectfully disagreeing
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where we cannot. i will keep reaching across the aisle in the senate, just like my new colleagues and your neck speaker, angus king, has done during his career. it is simply the right thing to do to secure a strong future for america. i look forward to working closely with the new labels community in the months ahead and i hope you all have a wonderful and productive day. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome, from the great state of maine, senator angus king. ♪ >> thank you. i liked the music. the other day i was introduced and the good news is that they used the stones. the bad news is it was "you can always get what you want -- "you
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can't always get what you want," which kind of bothers me. i am a state senator from the state of maine. i was in the u.s. capitol and this is new stuff, feeling really great, had my suit on. i went into a restaurant and i had one of these electric things that you draw your hands with. somebody had written on it, " press here for a message from senator king." [laughter] the bad news is, it was in harry reid's handwriting. [laughter] listen, the message is really simple. we have got to start talking to each other, solving problems, we have got to get rid of the ideology and you have got to be fired up to make it happen. the forces of division are fired up.
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the forces that want to pull us apart and put us into categories are fired up. there has to be support for people who want to solve problems, who want to tell the truth, who want to work a five- day week, who want to do the things that we need to do to get this country going. it is what is on the minds of the public. i was the only candidate in the country where people had a real choice. if you stop and think about it, your choices are determined by the parties by large. in maine, people had a third choice. my favorite comment from the whole state was that people came up to me and said all my life, i wanted a chance to vote for none of the above. and you are it. [laughter] [applause] but the point is, people are
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more interested in solving the problems than they are about fighting about them. that was what i found during the campaign. i would go to small towns and talk to people. people did not come up to me and say, what do you think about health care? what do you think about the fiscal cliff? what do you think about afghanistan? they said, why the hell can't those people down there talk to each other? why cannot compromise? compromise. you know, the irony of the falls coming to washington and saying, i am not going to compromise, is that the united states senate was the product of compromise. the great dispute at the constitutional convention was how representation should work. the big states won it by population. the smaller states were afraid of the big states and they almost broke up until they came to what was called the great compromise, which was the
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creation of the u.s. senate, an institution that represented the states whereas the house represented the population. to go to congress and say i'm not going to compromise is just crazy. that is how we solve problems. anybody who tells you i am not going to compromise is really telling you i have all the answers. i have never found anybody that has all the answers. our whole lives are based on compromise. my wife and i compromise five times a day. it usually consists of my saying yes. [laughter] but compromise is born of respect. it is also born of relationships. i mentioned the five-day work week. i worked at congress as a staff person in the 1970's. i saw it work. i saw senators sit across the table, argue, disagree, reach a consensus, and move important
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legislation. part of the reason was they knew each other. they lived in washington. their children went to school together. they had barbeques, played golf, had a beer on a friday night. an old friend of mine once said you cannot hate someone if you know the names of their kids. a profound observation. one of the problems now is that everybody leaves. they leave on thursday afternoon and come back monday evening. so you do not have the relationships. it is all warfare all the time. we have to start breaking down. i want to leave you with two thoughts, one is that i want to leave you with the question that i hope will haunt you for the next few days about whether you should get involved or do anything. here is the question, here is the thought. when i was in my 20s, i met a
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man that gave me the most profound piece of advice that has changed my life several times. one of which was what i had to decide whether to come out of political retirement. here is what the old guy said. when you get to be my age, you're going to regret things about your life. see the red read the things you did and not the things you didn't do. that is a very profound observation. i want you to cast your mind had for five years. if nothing happens and the country continues to spiral downward, i don't want you to say that i regret not trying. i regret not reaching out and trying to make a difference.
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i regret not supporting in getting involved. i regret not helping the people that were trying to solve problems and letting the partisans carry this stage. don't feel that way. you don't want to have that regret. the final thought i will share with you is the most profound observation i have ever encountered about change and about dealing with changed circumstances. we are in new circumstances. congress has not always been the way it is today. we have had great problems in this country but it has not been locked out the way it is today. almost exactly 150 years ago, abraham lincoln was having a problem with congress. the problem was that we did not understand that the circumstances of the civil war was a fundamentally different situation that has been maintained all the way through 40's, and '50s.
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they were trying to deal with it in partisan and political ways. at a low point in the greatest catastrophe that has ever before on this country. what he said about chains that day and how to deal with it, i think echoes this morning in new york city and across america. here is what abraham lincoln said. in the dogma of the quiet past is inadequate to the stormy present. the occasion is piled high with difficulty, and therefore, we must rise with the occasion. as our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. we must disenthrall ourselves,
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and we should save our country. then we shall save our country. a thank-you. [applause] ♪ >> please turn your attention to the screen for a short message from senator kelly a yachts. >> i want to thank all of you for spending the time to learn more about no labels. now more than ever, we need to make sure that we solve the
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problems that face our country. it so much in washington is focused on one party versus another. it will help solve the great problems of our country.
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>> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the no levels found in leader, -- labels founding leader, kiki mclain. ♪ >> that sums it up. we need a new attitude, right? where do you start? how do you start the work? how do you make it happen? you have to start by building trust. that is why we are focused today on the concept of the problem solvers, a group of men and women that can come together to build trust, come to know one another, decide if we want to
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stop fighting and start fixing. understand where the common ground is and where we can begin that solution. it means developing personal relationships and having a place they can work in the environment. things like no budget, no pay. bipartisan feeding, not always a nation divided even with our leaders. i want to assure a video with you with congressman jack kingston of georgia. let's see what he had to say. >> the thing i really like is that i have to sit next to jim moran. i never really liked him, but it turns out we are friends. i would have walked if it weren't for my arch enemy nemesis.
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that is the problem, you start liking people. those kinds of relationships can take place because what happens in washington, when you decide you don't like somebody, something like this brings you together and you find out you were the one that was wrong. this is a great group with lots of potential and i am behind it. [applause] >> that is a great message from a republican from georgia about a relationship he has with a democrat and virginia. i know that the congressman sent his best. he plans to be here but he has a 103 degree fever. we need him back in congress and in the working group to make sure we are solving those problems. for the next little bit of time, we are going to get to learn,
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listen, ask questions and engage with 10 members of congress that are the committed leaders in our problem solvers group. and here what they had to say about what is going on and their world. let's meet the congressional problem solvers. >> please welcome the congressional problem solvers. congressman schrader from more again. -- from oregon. congressman from virginia. congressman from wisconsin. congressman peter wells from vermont. congresswoman from california. congressman charlie dent from pennsylvania. congressman him hines from
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connecticut. congressman from rhode island. congressman from new york. and congressman lapinski from illinois. thank you, gentlemen and ladies. please have a seat. isn't it awesome to see that kind of leadership in america today? while it is in the dna of these men and women that leave for
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america, it is because of your support they can do this. that is what makes it happen. what i would like to do is start on the far end, and we will hear from each of our leaders today about what it is that has brought them into the problem solvers group and how we will quickly move out into the question's going on with activists all over the country today. >> good morning, everyone. what an amazing energy in this room, thank you for giving us the opportunity to share a few comments. i think it is simpler than everyone makes it seem. i have never met a member of nateress, house, or set a didn't want to make our country better for the future.
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if we remember that goal, we can figure out a way to get there. this is about doing what our military does every day, working together to get the job done. i know you will encourage them to solve the problems of the greatest nation in the world. >> i represent connecticut's fourth congressional district. this is one of the most of the first congressional district in the country. i have the towns with their hedge fund managers and the city of bridgeport conn. which is one of the port cities in the country and everyone in between. my district also sits for miles south of newtown. which became a big part of the public imagination a few weeks
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ago. one of the many things that happened, in the face of unspeakable tragedy, we felt, maybe for the first time, that we have a lot more in common than we have separating us. all of the conceit and the day- to-day concerns that we have in the face of such a powerful statement, how much we truly have in common. we don't want that sort of thing to have to remind us of that fact. all of the issues that we struggle with, medicare, social security, welfare, how much we invest, all of those things at their core is the notion of wanting the same for the kids a
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new town as we do for the kids in greenwich. i want to thank you all for being here because the spirit of that sense, there is an awful more that unites us than divides us will make this congress will serve live up to the capability and the quality of this great republic. [applause] >> i was elected to congress about a year-and-a-half ago from california, representing a district in loss angeles -- los angeles. i am a grandmother and i have worked in the private sector, i have teaching credentials, my whole life i have solved problems. i thought i was uniquely qualified to come to congress because we would be solving problems. it has been a frustrating movement from one crisis to the next, these have been man may.
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and i mean that. [applause] and the moderator is going to give her a pass on that one. it is the worst problem in our country that congress can't get along, then that is the worst place we can be. we have so many big problems. no labels has given me a great opportunity to get together with members of congress and find out that we have more in common. thank you for your support. your voice will be allowed to moving forward to convince members of congress that we need to lay down our political partisan bickering and do something for the country.
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>> a good morning, everybody. i represent the eighth congressional district which includes hot and and green bay wisconsin. i was asked to tell you why i decided to come this weekend. i am here because you are here. if there were americans that felt passionately enough that they would spend their money coming from all over to figure out how they can organically begin to change how washington works, i wanted to be part of it. i was not much different and maybe not at all different from most of you. i could have saved myself being in this audience had i chosen not to run for congress. i would encourage you that have a strong interest to encourage running for congress yourself. thank you for having us. >> thanks to all of you for
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being here. we have a long history of doing what no labels is trying to do, work across the aisle in a bipartisan manner. we have health care changes that republicans and democrats will support. when i came to congress not too many years ago, it was astonishing how little interaction there was between members. devoid in congress have an opportunity to talk to another member is hopefully going to be filled with this no labels group. i am sitting with republicans that tolerate my existence and i appreciate that kindly. no labels is the only opportunity, believe it or not,
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that you have to sit down together and understand how which other thanks. it is not myself talking to others convincing them that i am the smartest in the room, but listening to these guys. at the end of the day, it is about solving problems. you don't have to give up your credentials. what you want us to do is to solve the problem. i appreciate you being here and helping us. >> i have the privilege of representing virginia's second congressional district. it is a very special place. i was raised by a marine and i never thought we would find our country at this place. each generation of americans, we
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will get through this. but at present, we are not meeting that obligation for the next generation. the entrepreneur businessman and never served in public office, i am encouraged by you being here today. we can get this done and you can keep the pressure on. we need to remember that before republicans and democrats, we are americans. and also those that are serving, those that have lost a loved one. this gives us a deeper result to do what is right and it is a great encouragement to see you here. thank you so much. [applause] >> i am peter welch from vermont. in our daily lives, we work with other people and we find that
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those that we think we don't like, we see they have a lot of character and integrity. we had a terrible storm about a year ago and people were wiped out. everywhere i went, no matter what, people said, what can i do to help? people love lost their homes would meet me and they would say don't worry about me, there is a single mom with two kids. that is how most americans are. they want to help and they feel good at the end of the day of the have done something constructive. we are in an alternative reality in congress. what are you going to do for me is the question. that is what has to break down, we have to have what you are
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inspiring. it is time for cooperation and progress. we would rather succeeded than fight and you are providing that sense of urgency that has to be communicated to those of us in congress to make that institution work on behalf of this country. [applause] >> thank you for allowing me to join you this morning. i represent the fifteenth district of pennsylvania. that is my wife. she is here. but my district includes allentown, the hershey, the sweetest place on earth at three mile island. the reason i am here is because we have young people behind us and in front of us that make cases and i want to make sure they have a future hall of prosperity. what i am convinced of is that the american people are not
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afraid of the answers or the solutions to these very big challenges. but they are afraid of is that their leaders may not have the capacity or the ability to find the answers. but they can deal with the answers. that is why i am here, to make sure this country is a better place. whatever the public thinks of congress, with the no labels group, the problem solvers are making sure that there are those of us that talk to each other and develop relationships with trust. that is important to find solutions. >> my name is david, i am a congressman from rhode island. i became part of this group because i came to washington with the expectation that i was
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part of solving some of the big challenges facing our country. i have only been at the beginning of my second term. mayors know that you do not have a republican plot hole or a democratic school that is failing. you have challenges that you have to solve every day. it is really an opportunity to come together and understand we have the responsibility to solve these problems. this group represents people on the far left, the far right, and people and the metal. and also a willingness to work together to solve problems. it does exist, it is a broken place. this is an opportunity to work together. it cannot happen without all of you, thank you for supporting this work. i know we will build of government for the people that we serve.
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>> thank you, everyone for being here today. i represent the chicago area. my background is as an engineer. if you google it, it is problem- solving. i came to washington to solve problems. unfortunately, as the problems have gotten bigger, congress has gotten smaller. not smaller in size or ego, but smaller in the ability to get things done. we are pulled in one direction or the other, we have to do this for our party or for this group or that group. what we need is for all of you to help us by reaching out to your representatives and tell
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them to join with us, and join with no labels. tell your representative to become a problem solver. it will give your representatives the incentive to join us and come together because in the end, we have to work together for our country to solve these problems. it is only going to have been not just because the 25 of us get together, but because the american people say we need to get things solved. we need you to solve them. this is not just up to us, it is up to every single person in this group. [applause] >> there is something important
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that happened here this morning. the semi you are represented here today, when they identified themselves, they were not announced as republicans or democrats. they did not talk about their districts be in republican or democrat. look at what they have in common today. that is a problem solver. we have an assignment for all of you. when you leave today, you need to call your elected officials, members of the house and members of the said to expect them to join the problem solver group and earned this pattern. and at the state of the union, we want to watch on television and see how many we see.
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[applause] we will make sure that these leaders have enough in their pocket. thank you, they shine a little light. we have runners with mike and we will have alternating back-and- forth.
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cahow -- >> in congress, congress doesn't necessarily work on facts. they work on politics. how can you change that so when we deal with facts, we can get solutions. >> we had this problem. >> getting the truth is not an easy thing to do. you often get part of the truth or truth from a perspective, a spin on something. but there is data available to get to the facts on things. at this event here is being stream. there is so much information this isle, but part of u
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providing the american people the truth. given the circumstances so that together, we can begin to solve problems on a basis of data that is accurate. it is also understandable so we can fix things. >> i will say that as one of the principles of no labels, beginning with a common set of facts. we have an opinion of how we should navigate these challenging financial times and we should have those disagreements. >> one of the ideas is non-
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person staff rather than having a democratic staff or republican staff to give you information that you regurgitate, everyone has a common set of information and we will ask the appropriate questions. i came all the way from new mexico. [applause] have you spoken to your colleagues about joining this group and how much larger will the group become? >> i have spoken to some of my colleagues and many of them do want to become part of this. it is not as hard for me, a guy in a marginal district that is pretty competitive to be part of this. ios have to work to find consensus and persuade people.
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the bigger challenge is to get some of our colleagues involved with this group who represent safe districts. it may be harder for then to diverge from the party orthodoxy. that is going to be the challenge. to get some of those folks. we're not asking anyone to check their ideology at the door or their party label but we're asking people to be pragmatic and practical and try to find solutions. we have got to divide the government now. that is meant for us. we have to find solutions. the key is to talk to members of congress who are from the safe seats. they're the one we're going to engage in this dialogue. >> i came to congress to find ways to reach across the aisle and make friends. i am a part of a bipartisan prayer breakfast. just so i can be together in a
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room once a week with members across the aisle. i am debating playing softball. getting up at 7:00 a.m. for practice just so i can find ways to make friends and make relationships because my whole life and i do not know if it is more because i am a woman. everything is about relationships. making france. that is how you get things done. i think this gives an opportunity to find a way to be in the same room and get to know about each other. i think there is a hunter not just on the part of the american people. there is a hunger with members of congress to find ways to do something they can go back to their district and say yes. i am working together. i am reaching across the aisle. that is what gets the biggest applause when i go home.
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when i mention one thing i am doing in a bipartisan fashion. that is what makes people's faces light up because that is what they're looking for in their leaders in congress. >> what kind of conversations have you had? >> do notmake the mistake if your senator says i do not want to do that. they're people who do not have the interest in their country. the challenge is that if we are nothing else we're pretty finely tuned instruments understanding the incentives that are out there. unfortunately today there is a lot of people who worry about from theiraried party. we saw that with duck lugar. -- dick lugar.
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it is hard to reach across the aisle because that will be the 32nd and in the primary election. let's go beyond saying how can i convince this guy for this woman who is not being constructive. how can we reach those people who stand by their principals but want to get things done, that they are somehow protected. that they are protected from that primary challenge. >> this is where our activists come in. this is where the new labels activists come in. >> that is 100% the reality. this is a forum to give those members that ordinarily would not want to put themselves out there so far antigun the risk of multiple primaries. this is the cover they need but there is something else each and every one of you can do.
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why is the primary process so difficult especially in those seats? very few people get involved in the primary process. it is only those who are involved in party politics that even vote in your primaries. not only do you need to encourage your individual member of congress to join this group, you need to get out there and vote in your primary said that you do not have the extremes always winning and that is part of the solution. this is a great way to start but when -- you need to get more involved as well. >> you have a question over here. >> good morning. i am from minnesota were all the children are above average. i hear the call and i heard the congressman talk about incentives. as someone who is in fly over land, i'm trying to fix how we can break through and reach our
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members and there is none from minnesota on the stage here today. i just sent out a lot of holiday cards and if i was your constituent and received a letter that said i am asking you to join the problem solvers group and i'm going to send a letter to everyone on my christmas card list informing them of what your decision was, would you find that motivating or would that be an incentive to follow through? >> how big is that christmas list? >> 450. >> there is no question that most members of congress will listen to their constituents. the problem is we're not hearing from the vast majority that just want to get things done. i was in a parade in december. a holiday parade. i am walking down and i hear someone yelled, fix the fiscal
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cliff. compromise. tehran in the middle of a break handing out candy and someone feels they have to yell out to me, a compromise. we need to hear that from more people. i hear from a lot of my constituents. i'm not sure everyone hears it. we have to hear from as many people as possible. it is not just the people who are on the fringes who are contacting us. we do keep count. we do look at the letters. we do keep count of how many people write in. if we have 25, 100 people start calling and writing, joined all levels, that will be heard. that will be noticed. it does make a difference. >> we heard yesterday from the ceo of buy pack.
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about whatou talk gets your notice. what kind of conversation works? >> i can tell you a couple of things. one of the things that does not is threats or yelling and screaming. we have enough yelling and screaming in this country. u.s. citizens do not want us to yell and scream at each other. no more do what you to yell and scream at us. what i respond to is when citizens, thoughtful americans, whether they're coming from a polar opposite position and are able to come and talk to me or send me a letter that is thoughtful and thought- provoking. that is going to get my attention. if someone starts out with six expletives and goes down from there is less likely for me to pay much attention to it. we as a committee of citizens,
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we have to begin to talk to each other in a way that we would want to be spoken to. this idea that we have to -- everything has to be a fight, we have to scream at each other to be heard, it is counterproductive to the democratic process. it does not work with me. i do not think it works with many members of congress. the best thing you can do even if you have a member who is an opposite political ideology than your own is to go to them and say, how can i help you advance these ideas? what can i do to participate in this process and you will get a fairly good listen to. i believe that. >> i am going to bring in a question from facebook. i will ask if you'll start that and anyone else can follow on. what incentives or what incentive do my senators and
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representatives have to solve our fiscal dilemma? what is it that makes it worth it to get to the table and stay there? >> clearly the path we're on is unacceptable. one of the pleasures and joys of public service i found it is all the things i used to say. we really do have to chart a different path for our children and grandchildren. i want to support what reid was saying about the way to influence members. i find inspiration from president lincoln. he put it this way. when the context of man is designed to be influenced, persuasion, kind, unassuming persuasion should be adopted. i am convinced this is the pastoral. civility is not weakness and no
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labels is committed to elevating the facts and when do we elevate the facts of the matter, i think that that is the key to finding common ground. it is like to circles. if you start to move the circles they certain overlap. where they overlap that is common ground. it can be found in congress. >> it can be found in dealing with our recovery. slow as it is and the deficit issues that face our kids and grandkids. a lot of lip service is paid to dealing with the middle class. i get concerned we're talking about just us. what about our kids? what about the middle class of the future? what life will they have? to me it is -- i campaigned on a suicide mission to reform
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reform. and dre and do tax every meeting, i would talk about those things and those things ony. -- only. i am still here. >> in answer to that question, i was in a meeting in september of home.t mark warner's alan greenspan was there. do aid, why don't you something big on this fiscal challenge? are you going to do it before or after the bond market crashes and it will crash. he was not known for hyperbole. it struck me that the former
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chair of the federal reserve was saying you're facing an impending crisis and you are going to need to deal with it. are you going to deal with it before it hits or after? the answer is -- i want to deal with the problem before it becomes a crisis. we need to build trust necessary to find the solutions now. it is too late when there is a crash. >> in the back. >> i am emily from a technical school in massachusetts. what can i help my country to create? to make more problem solving
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happen? >> stay in school. your being here is really fabulous. the energy we will need is coming from young people who are the ones most imperiled if we do not get our fiscal house in order. members of congress would feel better at the end of the day if we had come from -- something to show from our work. we have a job and we're hearing republican and democratic members not about the issues. people are asking us the question, why do you get together and get something done? you have a right to convey a sense of urgency to all this in congress that that is your expectation. it is our job to come up with some solutions.
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our job on the inside is to break the stranglehold that these practices have on our ability to work together. the first question was about facts. congress is a fact-free zone. it literally is. i and everything we do not allow us to have a sit-down conversation where you work through the facts and come out with a different point of view but in the same zone. we do not have common committee staff so everything is adversarial. the staff that we have often time reflects the attitude of the member and if it is a talking point member, the staff does the same thing. when we meet in committees there is little effort to create a common agenda and work together on what witnesses are going to come in. it is about to get the witnesses who will be hot-button items for the press. everything we're doing is
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getting in the way of less cooperating to solve these problems. on the fiscal issue a lot of us think that the idea of going big is the only way to go because there is going to be some difficulty for less. republicans to have to put revenues on the table, democrats have to put some reforms and entitlements on the table. the only way we will go back to our constituents and be able to sell it to them is we can say this is good for the country. everyone is willing to do their part if they see there is something in it for the common good. [applause] >> i want to go back to what is the incentive for members of congress to work on our fiscal house? that to me is that the crux of these dramas. that we have consistently in congress. feeling the only way
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democrats will come to the table and make some significant reforms is if we are held hostage by either raising the debt limit, the sequestration, there's a sense that unless we tie the woman to the tracks while the train is coming down, no one is going to act to save a hostage. so there is a huge mistrust. there is a feeling that will do not want to do something that is constructive. the only way we're forced to act is with these man-made crises and dramas that happen. that is the problem. there has to be a basic understanding and agreement that we are all there. we're all there to work on these big issues but so far, there has not been an opportunity outside of these major dramas and cliffs and taking us to the edge, shutting down the government,
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not paying our bills by raising the debt ceiling and that is no way to govern the country. i am hopeful that new labels will give us a way to govern the country where we start out at least bleeding in trusting the other members across the aisle have come to congress for the same reason we have. >> what can you do to bring about a more thoughtful, pragmatic congress? i want to throw out three ideas that are beyond the scope of what knolls febles has taken on. -- no labels has taken on. it was not perfect.
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we have 150 saved seats. they fear their primary. number two, money.incentives.the . and sentence. the creation of money is one of the threats to democracy. where incentivize to do crazy things. i give two examples last night. when the season the outrageous on the floor, when a republican member calls the president a liar, when a democratic member says the republican health care program is don't get sick and if you die, die quickly. those statements damage the fabric of our democracy and they
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raised $1 million in 24 hours. we can do about -- something about those first two. number three is the media. i am old enough to remember when there were three channels of television and every channel had their version of walter cronkite that tried to pitch down the middle. you thought about them. we watch news as a form of self gravitation. the right watches fox, the left watches msnbc and never the twain shall meet and you are reinforcing your opinions rather than requiring to stretch and think. [applause] >> thank you. >> a perfect lead in. i have a background in engineering. i have a degree in pauly side.
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-- poly sci. what jim was just saying, don't olimit yourself -- do not limit yourself. we need to understand other points of view. if you do not have to agree. you have to be able to understand it. that is the only way you can reach a real compromise and reach agreement with others. we are becoming so fractured in our country because people listen only to what they want to hear. read what they want to read and they do not understand anyone else. they think those who think differently are crazy. there is something wrong. you have to understand those things. that is critical for your and your people.
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-- younger people. we have become very cynical about other people and can anything ever be done, because i have the right answer and there's something wrong with them. we need to all be able to talk together and that starts with understanding each other. quex the should go back to the young lady in high school. one of the things that anyone can do, so young people can open their minds and make informed decisions not based on influences of their professors or even their parents but for themselves. decide whether they believe in policy? or why. i would suggest finding the
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next race, what ever it is, worked on campaigns for mayor republican and volunteer for democrats. decide for yourself what you learn from those campaigns. i would take whatever books you want to do. a conservative and more liberal book. read the men compare. do things that will show you what is out there and make an informed decision. do not allow the media to decide the end result for you and write the narrative. go and listen to the candidates on both sides. hear what they have to say and make your decision to wear you fall. and you will be able to support the candidate that really represents you. that is what our job is. our job and sometimes congress as a whole for gatt trade congress's job is to represent you in the great people that make it a wonderful country it
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is. if we get involved in the political arena will have a much better country working together. >> thank you. as we come around band, i will ask a question from where our fellow activists who has come through on twitter. one last question wind up on the floor. and to take the question from twitter. >> what is the first on the agenda to help make congress more successful for the people? what is the first thing you can do in congress to get this bring in making its successful? kirk's the first and worst -- most important thing is to create a venue to have these conversations about how we can make congress work more effectively i think jim
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identified some important issues. one of the things we recognize is that there is a process in the way we run elections in this country and the way that congress of recess three fixed- rate every dinner change the process and get -- you are not producing different results unless you fix the underlying problems in a way that we do. redistricting of the way that we find and run campaigns. all the things that have been identified. one of the exciting things is to identify the procedural things that we do and how do we fix those. the first thing is an ability to create an opportunity to reach across the aisle and develop mutually respectful relationships so we can problem solved together and create a culture where if you're not a problem solver you have to
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explain why. knolls is providing that. it should be their verse tragedy got -- ought to become a political liability not to be a problem solver. >> a number of us have put our names on a letter to talk about the rules of the game. in terms of budgets. you hear people talking about baselines and assumptions and projections. we can agree on what the baseline is trade we want to have a non-partisan source to help us come to agreement on what the rules are pretty clear from the solutions were rejected do something very concrete and we have to agree on the rules. that is one thing we can be doing right now. >> were you? >> i am from savannah, georgia.
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i am represented by jack kingston. i am representing him in new york. >> thank you for being here. >> you talk to are going to mark warner home and killing from alan greenspan. mark warner is the co-founder along with saxby chambliss was my senator from georgia. trying to find a bipartisan solution or an option for our deficit problem. all of you should think about forming a bipartisan group in that house to come up with a deficit solution. >> in response to that comment would be theirs. i think there already is a bipartisan plan that has been laid out there for us to look
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at. is the star. it is weak on health care. erskine bowles will tell you that. i think it is a starting point. david walker is here. he has been very vocal. maybe what we have to do is look at the best aspects of the proposal out there. and take those pieces and try to put together a real plan. a person. i think there is a foundation of their upon which we should build. that would be my answer. prentixx -- >> if we put everything on the table which is a core feature of the work that david walker has been doing where revenue has to report a
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bit, cuts have to be part of it. the pentagon has to make a contribution to the effort. we put everything on the table we can get from where we are to where we need to be. that is common sense. that is where the tectonic forces are tugging in opposite directions. we did have a group of tenants who are making an effort to do similar to what the gang of six was trying to do. we're back to continue that. what i think we can do is work at a lower level whereby passing legislation, it might be the redistricting commission that you talked about. or maybe energy efficiency. to find some issue where it will be news that there is 20 verizon 20 republicans who are working together. m. e. they were sure bet each other's consent conference and
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advocates together for taking a step forward. it is by example and getting some small successes that we can change the way congress and functioning. -- congress is functioning. >> there was a group, i was part of. at the height of it there was 140 members, bipartisan, bicameral. we met several times and we were making a headway, putting a lot of ideas on the table. they've broken up when it decided there would be nine members. i sat next to steny hoyer. i am sitting next to leadership of the democratic party. little by local, media would start to leak out on things we're putting on the table. right away they start and it builds and little by little,
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colleagues start to fall off and leadership looks at it and the politics comes into play. what was missing, why did not work is because we did not have a group like this. we did not have a forum that could support those that were sticking their necks at to get it done. that is why is the all- important. that you contact your member of congress, your senator, and urge us to give the support we need and you really are the answer in this room. all of you. >> earmark to share a word of encouragement with you. about how he bowled the interest -- boldly addressed entitlements. i ran on a statement similar to this. we have a spending problem, not
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a revenue problem. i immersed myself in this and i heard my democratic colleagues thing we have a revenue problem. let's either prove or disprove this. when i immersed myself into that, the calculations are pretty simple. it leaks -- it is a non [inaudible] the americans for tax reform pledge of this into that. i came to the conclusion that is a mathematical and conservative imperative that revenue made the level of spending that we have .oted for refor here is the good news. when i walk through this, --
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they said wait until after march 15. i cannot do that for the same reason. it was on the front page the same day. me, next person who texted he said thank you for doing what is right. when americans are given good intermission they make good decisions. >> this is why its important to send good people to congress
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like scott. the american people cannot keep telling us to compromise and then send people to congress to come to congress and say i took a pledge not to compromise. there's a big difference between when you campaign on and how you can davenport. we need to send more people to congress who know what it means to govern, to listen to the facts before they make decisions. >> it is extremely important. we take an oath. it is the same oath to support and defend the constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. and to bear true faith and allegiance to the same.
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that is the oath that matters. that is the oath that those that are giving life and limb take. if we do that we can compromise and make this country move forward. >> i think you are back there now. tell your member of congress you want them in the problem solver group. look for the orange pen. make sure when they have the courage to be here for us we have the courage to be there for them. thank you very much.
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